September 23, 2008
College Football Power Rankings: 26-119's Kevin Armstrong ranks the rest of the Division I teams.
26 <a href=Virginia Tech" title="Virginia Tech"> Last Week: 26
27 <a href=Colorado" title="Colorado">
Colorado (3-0)
Last Week: 28
Not to be outdone by his former staff and players on the blue turf of Boise, Buffs coach Dan Hawkins set the stage Thursday night with a 17-14 upset of West Virginia. Whether Hawkins and his son, Cody, the sophomore quarterback, can keep things going will be determined in the next three weeks. Road games at Florida State and Kansas sandwich a home contest with Texas.
28 <a href=North Carolina" title="North Carolina"> Last Week: 24
29 <a href=Tulsa" title="Tulsa">
Tulsa (3-0)
Last Week: 31
30 <a href=Connecticut" title="Connecticut"> Last Week: 40
Asked whether he still harbored ill feelings toward UConn for a controversial fair-catch signal that went unseen by officials and resulted in a game-changing touchdown for the Huskies in UConn's 21-17 win last season, Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe punted. "I'm trying to forget that game," he said. "Those are the things we can't control." As the beneficiaries of the call, which Mike Tranghese deemed incorrect later, the Huskies went on to win a share of the Big East title. The long road back to the top begins in Louisville Saturday. With no home game until October 25, the Huskies will need all the friendly calls they can get.
31 <a href=Cincinnati" title="Cincinnati">
Cincinnati (2-1)
Last Week: 32
32 <a href=Pittsburgh" title="Pittsburgh">
Pittsburgh (2-1)
Last Week: 37
33 Fresno St.
Fresno St. (2-1)
Last Week: 25
34 <a href=Maryland" title="Maryland">
Maryland (3-1)
Last Week: 35
35 <a href=Nebraska" title="Nebraska">
Nebraska (3-0)
Last Week: 36
36 <a href=Georgia Tech" title="Georgia Tech"> Last Week: 42
37 <a href=Northwestern" title="Northwestern"> Last Week: 48
It's still early in the 2008 campaign, but the Wildcats have gone negative on their last two opponents. Off to their best start since 1962, the 4-0 Wildcats have recorded 132 negative yards the last two weeks while amassing 11 sacks and ranking fourth nationally in both statistical categories. In allowing only four rushing yards last week against Ohio, the defense recorded a single-game school record. Back in 1962, the purple and black were also ranked No. 1 for two weeks. Here in 2008, the 'Cats will need improvements on offense as quarterback C.J. Bacher threw four interceptions last week.
38 <a href=Minnesota" title="Minnesota">
Minnesota (4-0)
Last Week: 59
39 Miami (Fla.) Last Week: 46
40 <a href=Michigan St." title="Michigan St."> Last Week: 45
Any win over Notre Dame is celebrated in East Lansing, but when the Spartans' eyes in the sky identify a laptop being used in the Irish coaching box, the fan base gives another three cheers. Such was the case Saturday when the previously undefeated Irish limped away with a 23-7 loss and charges of illegally using the laptop. A Michigan State staff member brought the laptop's presence to the attention of game officials during the first half, and Irish coach Charlie Weis, who checked with his staff, insisted that an intern had mistakenly brought it to the booth. Unconvinced, Michigan State spokesman John Lewandowski said, "The first thought you have is, 'Are they tracking tendencies or other data.' " For those thinking back to Weis' New England Patriots days, the episode may appear to be a replay of SpyGate.
41 <a href=California" title="California">
California (2-1)
Last Week: 41
42 <a href=Iowa" title="Iowa">
Iowa (3-1)
Last Week: 27
43 <a href=Oklahoma St." title="Oklahoma St."> Last Week: 44
44 West Virginia Last Week: 38
45 <a href=Boston College" title="Boston College"> Last Week: 51
46 <a href=Arizona St." title="Arizona St."> Last Week: 29
47 <a href=Kentucky" title="Kentucky">
Kentucky (3-0)
Last Week: 54
48 <a href=South Carolina" title="South Carolina"> Last Week: 49
49 <a href=Purdue" title="Purdue">
Purdue (2-1)
Last Week: 58
50 Florida St. Last Week: 39

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